Born June 30th 1911 in Szetejnie, Lithuania. A poet, prose writer, essayist, and translator. He won the Nobel Prize in 1980, and many other prestigious literary awards throughout his life, and has been translated into forty-two languages. He received honorary doctorates from universities in the USA and in Poland, and was made an honorary citizen of Lithuania and the City of Krakow.

He spent his school days and university youth in Wilno [Vilnius], where he also made his debut as a poet, and lived out the German occupation in Warsaw. After the war he worked in the diplomatic service of the People’s Republic in the USA and in France until 1951, when he appealed for political asylum in Paris.

In 1960 he left for California, where he spent twenty years as a professor of Slavic languages and literature, lecturing... bt_wiecej
 
Job and Forrest Gump
My life story [is] the triumph of foolish Jan over his wiser brothers.
—Czesław Miłosz, A Year of the Hunter

Why not concede that I have not progressed, in my religion,
past the Book of Job?
With the one difference that Job thought of himself as innocent
and I saw guilt in my genes.
I was not innocent; I wanted to be innocent, but I couldn’t be.
—Czesław Miłosz, Treatise on Theology

In the summer of 2002, I conducted a series of interviews with Miłosz in preparation for a biography I was just beginning. Miłosz’s attitude toward the project was, perhaps inevitably, mixed. He had given me his blessing, but he worried nonetheless about the shape his life would take in the hands of a young (at least by his standards) Slavist from California, that is to say, the Land of Ulro. I called... bt_wiecej
 
V festiwal im. Czeslawa Milosza

Czeslaw Milosz was born 30 June 1911 in Szetejnie (presently Šeteniai, Lithuania). This year marks the hundredth anniversary of his birth, the day before Poland will first adopt the presidency of the European Union – on 1 July 2011. Could we even imagine a more symbolic correspondence of dates – and a more perfect patron for this event than the author of Native Europe?

The most important event of the Milosz Year is the Literary Festival, which will be taking place in Krakow from 9-15 May. The second edition of the festival is entitled “Native Europe” [the English translation of this book appears under the title Native Realm – trans.], and it will host 130 poets, writers, translators, and scholars from Europe and beyond – from Bielorus, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Ireland, England, Italy, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Turkey, as well as from China, India, Lebanon, South Africa ...
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Academic conference
 
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Book premieres / Day One
 
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Retrospective of films on Czeslaw Milosz
 
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How to Read Milosz`s Poetry?
 
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Retrospective of films on Czeslaw Milosz
 
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Academic conference
 

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Czesław Miłosz was a tireless advocate of Eastern European poetry and did much to alert western audiences  to its richness. This event aims to heighten the appreciation of Milosz's legacy, focusing on the impact of his poetry, translations and critical writings on British, Irish and American poetry, exploring, amongst other things, his influence on Seamus Heaney and responses to Philip Larkin, and his attitude to religious faith. więcej
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Prof. Robert Faggen's lecture about Milosz and the American Poets He Loved. . . and Hated. January 11, at The University of Washington. 
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To round off the Miłosz Year festivities in Lithuania, the premiere of the documentary film "The Age of Czesław Miłosz" took place last week in Vilnius. więcej
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